Press Release - MAY 08, 2019

AM Best Assigns Issue Credit Rating to Principal Financial Group, Inc.’s New Senior Unsecured Notes

 Keith Behrmann, CFA, ChCF, CAIA, CLU
Senior Financial Analyst
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Ken Johnson, CFA, CAIA, FRM
Senior Director
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Christopher Sharkey
Manager, Public Relations
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Jim Peavy
Director, Public Relations
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OLDWICK - MAY 08, 2019
AM Best has assigned a Long-Term Issue Credit Rating of “a-” to the $500 million, 3.70%, 10-year senior unsecured notes, due May 2029, issued by Principal Financial Group, Inc. (Principal) (headquartered in Des Moines, IA) [NASDAQ: PFG]. The outlook assigned to the Credit Rating (rating) is positive. All other ratings of Principal and its subsidiaries are unchanged.

The proceeds of the issuance will be used to support Principal’s acquisition of Wells Fargo’s Institutional Retirement and Trust business, announced on April 9, 2019. AM Best notes that there is a modest increase in the organization’s financial leverage as a result of the issuance, but leverage remains within guidelines for the current ratings. Additionally, Principal’s interest coverage metrics decline slightly, but remain strong.

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AMB# Company Name
058179 Principal Financial Group Inc